Ronnie Mae Weiss, MSW
Senior Manager, MIT Work-Life Center
Ronnie Mae directs the overall strategic development of MIT’s work-life initiatives that are responsive to the needs of the MIT diverse community - faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff and students alike. Ronnie Mae provides individual consultations, seminars, support groups, and information and resources to support a wide range of work-life issues including; parenting, childcare, aging and elder caregiving, family support worldwide, daily life and balancing work and personal life. Before joining MIT, Ronnie Mae was the Director of Talent Management, Planning and Programs and Work/Life Consultant for Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Ronnie Mae oversaw all professional development and work/life initiatives and provided work/life consultations for staff members, and also directed new programming efforts based on employee needs and current research into best practices used nationwide.
Ronnie Mae also served as the Work/Life Liaison at the Harvard School of Public Health and directed the Harvard After School Bridging Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she implemented a University-wide program to engage student leaders and faculty in outreach programs for Boston youth.
Ronnie Mae has long been committed to helping working individuals achieve balance between their professional and personal lives. She founded Parents in a Pinch, Boston’s first on-call professional child care agency; directed a parent education non-profit, through a partnership between the Boston Children’s Museum and Wheelock College; and developed innovative services at Work/Family Directions, a national consulting firm that creates human resources programs and supports for Fortune 500 companies.
Bara Litman, Psy.D., CEAP
Program Manager, MIT Work-Life Center
Bara is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified Employee Assistance professional. Bara manages some of the existing Work-Life programs and helps develop new programs and initiatives for MIT's faculty, staff, postdocs and their families. Bara provides individual consultations, seminars, support groups, and information and resources concerning a wide range of work-life issues including; communication, parenting, aging, family support worldwide, being more effective at home and at work, along with daily life and balance.
Prior to joining MIT, Bara was the Vice President of Account Services for a national EAP and Wellness company. Bara has provided EAP services, crisis and disaster response training, work-life coordination, consultation and account management to Higher Education and Fortune 100 corporate clients.
For the past 25 years Bara has been consulting to Human Resources, managers and employees in organizations of all sizes, along with providing training, coaching and counseling. She has created programs to enhance personal, family and work well-being at all levels of organizations. She has worked with unions and organizations with government funding and security clearances. Bara has also been a psychologist in behavioral health clinics and schools, working with children and their families.
Kathy Kasabula, BA
Child Care Operations Administrator
Kathy oversees the many services that support MIT’s Technology Childcare Centers (TCC) and works closely with MIT’s child care management vendor, Bright Horizons, to insure that TCC centers are able to meet the needs of the families they serve. Kathy visits all TCC locations regularly and works closely with parents and a host of MIT departments in order to coordinate projects, establish systems, monitor activities, and resolve problems. Kathy also oversees the TCC scholarship program for employees and post doctoral scholars, and is a contributor to many Work-Life Center projects offering support to MIT children and families.
Kathy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Rhode Island College. She is an experienced staffing and recruiting professional who also managed a contingency and consultant program for a global staffing company. Kathy also volunteers with Beth Israel’s Parent Connection program as a Mentoring Mom Volunteer.
Elizabeth Guttenberg, LCSW
Elizabeth Guttenberg is a licensed social worker and administrator at the MIT Work-Life Center. Elizabeth consults with MIT faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students on a variety of work-life issues, and provides referrals to the Center’s many services and resources. She also coordinates and manages the Center’s strategic projects and initiatives including programming for young professionals, information for new parents, and resources and materials related to grief and loss.
Prior to joining MIT, Elizabeth worked in the corporate division at Care.com, consulting nationally with academic and corporate employees facing caregiving challenges. This included facilitating caregiver support groups for employees at various higher education institutions such as MIT and authoring a monthly caregiver advice column. Her experience also includes supporting adults, children, and families in hospital, government, and community mental health settings.
Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia.
Sage Carlson, BA
Sage responds to inquiries from the MIT community helping faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students find the resources they need to address a variety of work-life issues. She also coordinates the Work-Life Seminar Series, updates the MIT Work-Life website, and manages office administrative responsibilities including the Work-Life Lending Library.
Prior to joining MIT, Sage worked as a coordinator at athenahealth, where she was responsible for cultivating an engaging culture. She served as the primary point of contact for a 29-acre campus, managing a variety of campus projects, events, and programs.
Sage received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Connecticut.